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High Country Bride (McKettrick Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Linda Lael Miller
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Book Description

One ranch. Three sons. Only one will inherit...and on one condition.
Tired of waiting for his sons to settle down, Arizona-territory rancher Angus McKettrick announces a competition: the first son to marry and produce a grandchild will inherit Triple M ranch. Now, three distinctly different, equally determined cowboys are searching high and low for brides.
If Emmeline Harding knows one thing, it's that she can't hold her liquor. And though she's not sure how she came to wake up next to a stack of gold coins in a brothel, she fears the worst. Fleeing town as a mail-order bride, she wonders: how will she ever confess her past to her handsome new husband?
Freedom-loving Rafe McKettrick is a man of strong beliefs and stronger passions and he'll do anything to win the Triple M -- even marry a stranger. To his surprise, Emmeline's charms beguile him even as the secrets he senses she's hiding ignite jealousy and suspicion. But when a visitor from the past enters the high country, the newlyweds have no choice but to give up on a marriage in name only and seek a union that satisfies them body and soul.

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From Publishers Weekly

The females in Linda Lael Miller's pleasantly provoking frontier romance, High Country Bride, often insist that the McKettrick men are thick-headed, and Rafe McKettrick, the eldest of the three brothers, proves them right. Forced to take a wife in order to inherit the family ranch, Rafe decides to send for a mail-order bride. He expects to be able to wed and bed her in short order, but strong-willed Emmeline Harding doesn't succumb to his rough-edged charm so readily. Though the two eventually grow to care for one another, secrets from Emmeline's past and Rafe's sheer stupidity threaten to tear them apart. Like the old hand that she is, Miller (The Last Chance Cafe, etc.) ably portrays the hardscrabble life of the American west and weaves a winding, winsome romance full of likable, if occasionally pigheaded, characters.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is the author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels. Now living in Spokane, Washington, the “First Lady of the West” hit a career high when all three of her 2011 Creed Cowboy books debuted at #1 on the New York Times list. In 2007, the Romance Writers of America presented her their Lifetime Achievement Award. She personally funds her Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women. Visit her at

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  • File Size: 1115 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0743424573
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (December 1, 2002)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC0PRQ
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HERE'S A KEEPER! January 9, 2003
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This book made me laugh out loud. I loved how Rafe was totally in the dark about what Emmeline was doing or thinking. I laughed at the antics of Becky and her daughter. Rafe breaks your heart with his sweet, albeit misguided, offers of a hot brick and a nightgown. I totally loved this book. I really cannot explain why, it just seemed like a fun romp in the southwest. A cowboy and his mail-order bride. I haven't read much of Ms. Miller, but I do know that I will definitely be purchasing the second offering in the McKettrick series. Hopefully Ms. Miller won't stop at Kade and Jeb. I need to see a novel about Holt, too!!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, fast read January 16, 2003
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The first in a new series, HIGH COUNTRY BRIDE was a quick, entertaining read. It is the fairly fast-paced tale of Rafe McKettrick, one of three brothers forced to compete to be the first to produce an heir in order to inherit a sizeable ranch, and Emmeline Harding, niece of a brothel madam, and, maybe, a prostitute, who is his mail-order bride. This novel is thick with fun, interesting characters, love (so many couples!!), and a certain amount of mystery in the shape of one "Sister Mandy" who everyone doubts is actually a nun. I look forward to seeing how marriage turns out for the other McKettrick boys.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Hit December 3, 2002
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As a Linda Lael Miller fan I am always excited when something new of hers comes out. I was not disappointed with High Country Bride. This is the first in a trilogy about three brothers who are being forced by their father to marry and father an heir if they want control of family ranch. This is difficult in a town where there are no desirable women. High Country Bride is the story of the oldest brother Rafe and his mail order bride Emmeline. This book is funny, sad and a little maddening all in one. There were times when I wanted to shake Emmeline for being so silly and others when she broke my heart. Rafe is a great hero and I look forward to his brother Kade and Jed's stories.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Contrived... same 'ole tricks. March 29, 2011
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Emmeline is the young lady from the big city that signs up to be a mail order bride after she's decided that she's compromised herself. Leaving her home and her family behind in a somewhat strange display of stubbornness our young heroine takes the journey out to Arizona to meet a man's she never met and signs up to be his bride. Despite the fact that his advertisement states plainly that his bride must want children, and soon, she seems insulted and surprised when she shows up and is treated like a brood mare. Rafe does expect to make children and quick and, no, he doesn't carry tender feelings for the young miss he's never met. (Why would he yet?)

Getting through this awkward and unnecessary beginning starts the actual story which really involves no more than the young miss being frightened that her compromising past has caught up to her and that she might lose Rafe. (Though I was rather disappointed that her past situation wasn't cleared up to her after, ahem, it was proven that she was indeed a lady.... you read me?) In this case she seemed as dull-witted as her husband.

There are some cute moments here and some charming characters (loved Dad Angus and the maid...) but overall the story was too forced. In order to write a novel with the story line involved the writer had to both dumb the hero and heroine down and make them incredibly pig-headed. Because most of the "obstacles" could have been cleared up by either conversation or an observation.

But I was rather taken with the sexy younger brothers of Rafe who always seemed to figure things out before he did. So I'm definitely going to give their stories a chance.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice read February 10, 2003
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Angus McKettrick, melancholy over yet another birthday without grandchildren to bounce on his knee, has made a decision. His three rowdy sons need to settle down, and he lays down a challenge. The first one to marry AND produce a grandchild, boy or girl, will inherit the majority of the Triple M ranch. The young men are stunned, angry, and each is determined to be the winner of this "contest." Rafe, the eldest, feels Angus's decision is unfair. To lose his inherited right to head up the ranch's operation would tear him apart. So he reluctantly gives up his freedonm and sends off for a mail order bride.
Emmeline Harding can't hold her liquor. She doesn't find this out until after she wakes up in her aunt's brothel with a pile of gold coins on the nightstand beside her bed. Fearing the worst, Emmeline flees town as a mail-order bride. But will she have to confess her dubious past to her unseen husband?
A wonderful tale begins right from the start of this novel. Each character, including the secondary characters, is well drawn. The plot is believable and keeps the pages turning. The only thing I would have liked to see is more of Rafe! It is a little weighted on the inner conflict of Emmeline. Otherwise, a great read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE VERY BEST, REFRESHING! May 16, 2007
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It has been a long time since I have read such a fun, and interesting romance novel!!!!! I felt like this broke the mold of your normal average historical romance. Fast paced, Interesting story, one of the few that didn't bore me with sub-story lines and forced mystery. The only mystery here? "are these two going to actually make it?" Most books of this catagory are very predictable, always leading up to a big climax that falls short of really surprising anyone. THIS BOOK IS NOT THAT WAY! I rushed out and got the second in the series ( SHOT GUN BRIDE) and I'm sad to say... it was SOOOOOOO boring I had to force myself to stay with it.. I am about to read the third and I AM HOPING that MILLER gets back on track! Sometimes I feel like her books are rushed and thrown together, not very well thought out... a result of pumping out too many novels! BUT PLEASE READ THIS ONE IT IS A WONDERFUL ESCAPE !!!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely could not put down.
Linda Lael Miller is a great author and I have 5 more books in this series to read... Good reading.
Published 3 days ago by Vicki
5.0 out of 5 stars This book got me hooked on Linda, she's the best
I have read the whole series and every book is great but this is the best one of them all.
Published 6 days ago by Francesca Douglas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good as always. I enjoy Linda Lael Miller's writing style.
Published 14 days ago by Patricia Lowry
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll forever love her stories
I have read all of Linda Lael Miller's Mckettericks books more than once. This is my forth reading of this book. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Elizabeth Schoonover
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Another hit for Linda Lael Miller. I was so glad to finally read about the start of the McKettricks legacy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marcia K Parrott
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I love this book. I have read it many times and every time I do, it is still like the first time. I still get caught up in the characters and don't want to put it down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michele Mead
3.0 out of 5 stars good but a little long
I liked the story, but I thought the two main characters fought a little too long. And it makes me mad men can get away with being promiscuous, but they get mad if the girl has a... Read more
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I haven't read it yet but I'm sure I'll enjoy it, as I do all of Linda's books.
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In January of 2006, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Linda Lael Miller left the Arizona horse property she's called home for the past five years and listened to the call of her heart. Packing up her work-in-progress for HQN Books; her dogs, Sadie and Bernice, and her four horses, the author of more than 70 novels bid farewell to her home in the desert and returned to the place of her birth, Spokane, Washington.
The daughter of a town marshal, Linda grew up in Northport, WA, a community of 500 on the Columbia River, 120 miles north of Spokane. Her childhood remembrances include riding horses and playing cowgirl on her grandparents' nearby farm. Her grandparents' spread was so rustic that in the early days it lacked electricity and running water.

As delightful as this childhood was, Linda longed to see the world. After graduating as valedictorian of her high school class, she left to pursue her dream. Because of the success of her author career, Linda was able to live part-time in London for several years, spend time in Italy and travel to such far-off destinations as Russia, Hong Kong and Israel. Now, Linda says, the wanderlust is (mostly) out of her blood, and she's come full circle, back to the people and the places she knows and loves.

Before Linda begins her writing day, she takes her first cup of coffee while enjoying the scenic view of the wooded draw behind her new home. The first morning there, a snowfall blanketed the pine trees, something she had missed in the desert outside Scottsdale. Still enamored with the people she came to love in Arizona, she says she will still set books in that starkly beautiful area, and, of course, in other stories the action will take place in Washington.

Devoted to helping others pursue their dreams, the author will launch her sixth round of Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women in May of this year. A talented speaker, she donates all her speaking honoraria to her scholarship fund. The stipends are awarded to women who seek to better their lot in life through education.

It's no wonder the protagonists in Miller's novels are women her readers admire for their honor, courage, trustworthiness, valor and determination to succeed, despite overwhelming odds. 'These qualities make them excellent role models for young women,' Miller explains. 'The male leads possess equally noble traits that today's woman would be delighted to find in her life's mate.'

The author traces the birth of her writing career to the day when a Northport teacher told her that the stories she was writing were good, that she just might have a future in writing. Later, when she decided to write novels, she endured her share of rejection before she made her first sale.

Although Linda has written successfully in other genres, she is best known for stories set in the West'stories like McKETTRICK'S CHOICE (HQN Books March 2006 paperback); THE MAN FROM STONE CREEK (HQN, June 2006 hardcover) and that very first novel, FLETCHER'S WOMAN, which is being reissued in 2006. Her stories, set in yesterday's world, and today's, are historical romances, romantic thrillers, and other contemporary tales. They consistently score on prestigious national bestseller lists.

Linda has come a long way since leaving her sheltered life in Northport at age 18 to experience the world. 'Growing up in that time and place, in a family grounded in Western values, served me well,' she allows. 'And I'm happy to be back home.'

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